Jared Cook: “We probably got better talent here than we had in New Orleans”

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Tight end Jared Cook has been around for a while.

A third-round pick back in 2009, he recently signed with the Chargers — his sixth team for his 13th pro season.

He spent the last two years playing with New Orleans, long one of the league’s top offenses led by head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. But as good as those units were, Cook sees even more potential in Los Angeles with quarterback Justin Herbert and receivers like Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

“When you have a high-powered offense and guys with the talent to make your offense high-powered, I think there are a lot of questions in the air about how well we will be,” Cook said this week, via Gilbert Manzano of the Southern California News Group. “That’s always going to be a question, but seeing the talent that we have at receiver, it’s just as good. We probably got better talent here than we had in New Orleans.

“Just seeing those guys — Mike and Keenan — lining up all across the field in different formations, splitting us out in different packages, I definitely think that this offense has what it takes to become a high-powered, prolific offense in the NFL.”

Cook went on to say that teams usually need to score about 26 points per game to make it to the upper echelon of offenses.

“I think that we do have the ability to come out and put up what you want to be able to go out there and win games and compete in the league, because a lot of times when you’re not putting up close to that 24, 26 points, a lot of the time, you’re not going to be able to hang in there in those tight games in the fourth quarter,” Cook said. “So, I definitely think that we have what it takes to be that type of offense.”

Those are lofty goals and comparisons. But the Chargers are running a system similar to that of the Saints, as New Orleans’ former QBs coach Joe Lombardi is now Los Angeles’ offensive coordinator. If Herbert can continue progressing after winning offensive rookie of the year, the Chargers could be in good shape.

9 responses to “Jared Cook: “We probably got better talent here than we had in New Orleans”

  1. Justin Jefferson should have been ORY but having said that Herbert could be the real deal. I don’t know if Cook is right about ther talent But it takes more than talent to make it to the big show. I am a big believer in talent, coaching and character. . Let’s see if they can bring all three to the table.

  2. Most overrated TE in the league. Has 1 or two huge games every year. Teams think they can tap into that potential, and then it’s the same result over and over again.

  3. Seems to be overlooking the offensive line and blocking backs play a part in being successful as well.

  4. he’s right about the saints receivers being bad. for the last part of drew brees career he never had more than 1 good wide receiver. RB’s were always excellent and TE’s were ok to mediocre. But the 3rd 4th and 5th receivers who would see snaps were a cast of oddballs. the fact that Taysom hill cracked the roster there shows you how bad guys were. Especially compared to the 2009 Super Bowl cast that had 4 unique playmakers at the WR position.

  5. This dude a head case, makes one bad play or another player gets in his head he’s done! Don’t get me wrong he’s decent sometimes but when you really need him he hands the ball over to the other team. It’s happened too many times to just let it go, good luck with this moron San Diego!

  6. Saints fight back to take 7 point lead in playoffs against Tampa. Driving to go up by at least another FG and none other than Jared Cook fumbles the ball. To top if off, Cook on the very next drive has a perfect pass from Brees hit him square in the hands that he knocks in the air for an INT. Addition by subtraction with Cook.

  7. If you watch a highlight tape of Cook, you can’t figure out why he’s always moving to another team. If you watch every snap, you can’t figure out how anyone would want this guy on their team. He just refuses to compete. You have a big play that doesn’t work, and you look at the tape and see this guy didn’t even attempt to make a block. I mean, you have 53 men and a coaching staff working their tails off to win a game, and this guy doesn’t care one bit about all that. It’s pretty gross. What’s just as gross is pro personnel departments don’t spend enough time watching tape.

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